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Indulge in chocolate this New Year!

3 Jan

I came across an amazing recipe for a chocolate face mask that I might start incorporating into my routine at the spa. I have to say I tried it out on my skin, and not only did it work – it tasted great!

Technically, you are not supposed to eat it, but if a little bit did accidentally happen to get in your mouth, or your clients mouth – it is completely safe!

This mask is stimulating to the skin, hydrating and also opens up the pores. It is rejuvenating and safe to eat as I mentioned earlier.

For the recipe –

2 tablespoons cocoa powder (think raw, organic, pure)

2 tablespoons plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

Make a paste of all of the ingredients and spread it on the face after a thorough cleansing. Avoid the eye area. After 10 minutes, remove with a warm, damp towel.

Then savor the amazing results – which are completely guilt free. A great way to indulge your sweet tooth and enhance your home skin care routine.

Credit for this recipe goes to Cortney Matz who is based in Los Angeles.

 

 

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Some winter love for dry eyes and puffiness with a homemade eye treatment!

14 Nov

Winter always brings out seasonal allergies and overly dry skin in some of my clients. In addition, we all tend to overindulge in all that the holidays has to offer. Between the sweets, food, stress and alcohol consumption during holiday parties it’s no wonder we all look a little ragged. If you are looking for a quick, easy and inexpensive way to relax, ease those itchy allergy eyes and puffy circles look no further. Using some cucumber slices and lavender essential oil, this is probably the easiest and most effective of the treatments I have offered.

Cucumber and Lavender Eye Treatment
1/4 freshly cut cucumber, chilled
1 drop Doterra Lavender essential oil

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Slice the cucumber thinly, and place it in a small bowl of fresh spring water. Place in the refrigerator for at least ten minutes. You can add ice cubes to chill it faster if you desire. Add a drop of Lavender essential oil and let the bowl sit on the counter a few minutes until the scent is infused into the mixture. Place the slices on the closed eyelids to reduce puffiness or to relieve eyes that are red and itchy from seasonal allergies for approximately five to ten minutes or until the cucumbers are no longer cold.

To make this experience more “spa like” – put on some relaxing music. Maybe something along the lines of Carla Bruni’s “Le Ciel dans une chambre,” “Yellow” by Jem, or “Duet” from Rachel Yamagata. Timing wise, you could probably listen to all three and be transported into a state of beauty bliss.

I hope this amazing little tip helps you through this rough skin patch, also known as winter time.

Stay Beautiful!

Spice it up with Cucumber, mint and jalapeño infused water!

15 May

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Hot weather always makes me think about margaritas, and sitting on a beach somewhere melting my troubles away. But, let’s face it. Most of us don’t have the extra time or money to travel every time the temperatures rise. Thankfully, I live in San Diego so I can retreat to the water when I’m not working. I wanted to create an infused water that gave me that tropical, exotic retreat feel without even having to leave my work.

Mint is always a great herb to give a different flavor to your water. Paired with cucumber, you can’t go wrong. But what could make it a bit more interesting? Jalapeño. Yep, you heard it right. This exotic mix is reminiscent of a mojito I had in Hawaii last night. It’s got just a little kick to it without really even tasting the pepper.

For the recipe:

1 gallon water
1/2 of a jalapeño (de-seeded, and completely cleaned out)
1 whole cucumber (or a little less if you want more of a spicy taste to it)
2-3 springs of mint

The flavor on this one kicks up quickly so you could safely make it in the morning to drink all day.
Hope you love it!!

More infused water flavors!!

3 May

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Rosemary and Pear water

Just when I was getting ready to branch into the more exotic pairings, I ventured back into the rosemary chapter. I absolutely loved the watermelon and rosemary combo and decided to make it a bit more refreshing and add pear. The flavor was good, and quite surprising.

Here’s what you need for this:

2 ripe pears
3 small sprigs of fresh rosemary
1 gallon of water

Another fun flavor – Apple Cucumber

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I know, this combination at first didn’t really sound great, but it was very refreshing. I used gala apples, but your own choice of organic apple will work.

2 gala apples (or organic of your choice)
1 whole cucumber (peeled if not organic)
1 gallon of water

Just like with the other recipes, make the night prior for optimal flavor and keep for only 24 hours.

Hope you enjoy these!!

A miracle drink? Maybe not, but definitely turns back the clock and aids digestion!

1 May

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I started juicing a few years back, and I still juice on a regular basis. I began that journey by incorporating a green smoothie into my routine each day. Not only is this drink packed full of your daily intake of greens, but potassium, multiple vitamins and gives your. Natural boost of energy. When I wanted to wean myself off of soda and coffee this drink, plus green tea was a life saver.

I started off in the morning by waking up and drinking a cup of warm water, with 1/2 a lemon in it. Then I would take a probiotic. About a half hour later I would drink my green smoothie. It was hard to give up breakfast completely at first and substitute with this, so I would also have one or two pieces of gluten free toast with an avocado spread on it, or some oatmeal with flax or hemp sedans sprinkled on it. After a few days this because my breakfast and then I was able to give up caffeine and stick to my healthy snack about an hour or so later.

So what’s in this drink that will give you more energy, help clear your skin, and give you nutrients you are lacking?

For a single serving you will need:

2 cups raw spinach
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1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
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1 half of a banana, one whole pear, three small celery stalks and half of a lemon squeezed into it.
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Place the greens and one cup filtered water in the blender first and lightly blend for 30 seconds until loosely chopped. Then add the pear, banana, and lemon as those don’t need to blend as long.
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Once blended, it may still be a little thick and chunky. I use my Ninja and it does leave it lumpy, and not like a juice at all. But this also makes it more filling. Always start here so that you gain your full nutrients before switching to juicing.

You can double the amount to make two batches and then store in mason jars in the fridge. This will keep for two days if cold. Avoid storing in anything but glass, and keep the lid tightly closed. You can also make large amount and freeze it. I am up to two drinks per day, one in the am and one for my afternoon snack. Always drink it before you are going to have carbs and/or meat.

You can also adjust the recipe as needed to make it a little sweeter by tossing an apple in 🙂

Hope you enjoy it !! Please let me know your thoughts!!

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A special treat for a hot day – Lavender Lemonade!

16 Mar

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Today was the last day of winter, and San Diego made that perfectly clear by posting 80 degree weather. Since I have been experimenting with various infused waters, and lemonades lately I knew today would be a great day for some Lavender Lemonade. I made this last summer, and then turned it into popsicles and they were a big hit. Using everything from scratch, why not put a unique spin on a classic drink? Plus, the subtle pink color is really gorgeous.

To make your Lavender Lemonade use the following. This recipes makes about 4-5 drinks.

1 cup of freshly squeezed Organic Lemons (approx 4-8 lemons)

1 small bunch of fresh mint

3/4 cup of simple lavender syrup (see below)

Lavender Simple Syrup:

1 cup of granulated sugar (you can also substitute with agave syrup for a healthier option)

1 cup water

1/4 cup of dried lavender (food grade)

1. Start by making your lavender simple syrup by adding your ingredients to a sauce pan. Stir, and let come to a boil. Once it reaches boiling, turn the fire down to a simmer and leave for 10 minutes until it thickens slightly. Turn off the fire, cover and allow to steep for about an hour.

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2. Pour the syrup through a mesh type strainer to get all of the lavender buds out, and then cover. (I love mason jars) Let cool completely in the fridge.

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3. Squeeze your lemons into a bowl. Strain the seeds out.

4. Add some ice, then water to a large pitcher. Pour in the lemon juice, toss the mint in and then add your lavender simple syrup. Chill, and serve.

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Such a simple recipe for an amazingly refreshing, and not too sweet lemonade. Use the popsicle molds and create your own amazing, yet light desserts.

Hope you enjoy it!!  Please post your comments and experience with it!

Kimberley